Fun Fact Friday: The Corvette’s Performance Advantage
By: Stevie Hoey
August 24, 2012 10:00 am CT
When you think of top American sports cars, which vehicles come to mind? The clear answer for me is the Chevrolet Corvette. After six decades of leaving others in the dust, the ‘Vette continues to improve by combining a lightweight vehicle and high horsepower with cutting edge technologies. But how do engineers at General Motors push this iconic American super car to the next level? The answer lies in the vehicle’s innovative construction.
When the first Corvettes were produced in 1953, they had all-fiberglass bodies instead of traditional heavy metal. Since then, every Corvette has featured some sort of composite-material body. The modern day Corvette ZR1 and Z06 models push the envelope even further by relying on an entire system of advanced materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium to increase performance.
While the details of the next generation of the Chevrolet Corvette are still under wraps, we can only imagine how technological advancements will change the game of performance vehicles.
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